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Mexico, Protectionism, and the Automotive Industry – Brazil edition

The news of Ford’s recent announcement that it would withdraw investment in a $1.6 billion factory in San Luis Potosi and would invest $700 million in a factory…

Media in Latin America: ¿Cómo se dice “Cord-Cutters”?

It’s good to be a big media network in Latin America. The big ones are really big relative to their competition, and there are usually only a few….

Venezuela’s newest exchange rate and condom shortages

Reading the newspaper last week, I came across an article that begged for further attention: “Condones, afectados por escasez en Venezuela: se venden en más de 11 mil…

Wasted Media Buy, Mexico Edition

I was watching CNN in English on my TV in Mexico City recently. The interview was with Robert O’Neill, the Navy SEAL who has made headlines for his…

What content matters most in Latin America?

If, like the authors of this blog, the above question has kept you up at night, we are in luck. Tina Coll of Outbrain, a NYC-based ad tech…

Mexico Dodges a Bullet

The news could have been a lot worse. A magnitude 7.4 earthquake (downgraded from a 7.9 from earlier today) struck a rural part of Mexico near the border…

misLEDEing

Hopefully  The Daily Show or Colbert Report will pick up on this one. I took a picture of this headline during Sunday afternoon cable news network programming: The…

Concerns with the Brazil Narrative

Thank you to Rio Gringa and Andrew Downie for calling out international coverage of the recent collapse of several buildings in Rio de Janeiro. Numerous English-language media outlets…

On Extraditions and Colombian-Panamanian Ties

Much has been made about Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos’ success at mending relations with his neighbors to the east and south. Rightly so. Given the difficult situation…

US households becoming more Latin American?

A major narrative in the US media (CNN, NYT, MSNBC, WaPo, just to name a few) these days is that of the ‘Lost Generation’, i.e. those recent college…

Brazil in Latin America: Emerging political risks?

Simon Romero has written a solid article on the front page of yesterday’s NYT about how Brazil’s rise and activity in Latin America is creating diplomatic problems with…

Overstating Cartels’ Relevance to the American Electorate

The lead article in last week’s Proceso talks about the political importance of capturing El Chapo for both the Calderon and Obama administrations. The article is worth a…

In Ciudad Mier, deploying troops is not enough

Back in November 2010, a small town on the US-Mexico border, Ciudad Mier, made headlines when most of the town’s residents left because of intense fighting between the…

Latin America’s Security Dilemma Continued

Sam Novacich and I have a piece at ISN in which we take a closer look at one of Rio’s Pacifying Police Units (UPP) in the Cantagalo/Pavão-Pavãozinho communities and…

Different Means, Same Ends

Oil production in Colombia is a popular topic these days. Domestic production levels are at an all time high, and Colombian state-owned oil behemoth Ecopetrol is considering selling…

The United States and the Wealth Gap

A Reuters analysis, “In debt row, hints of emerging-economy crisis”, highlights the point that the United States’ current debt ceiling stalemate, brought on by highly factionalized political camps,…

The Peso Paradox

One of the more troubling signs of financial difficulties in Argentina has been the recent news that the government has fined economists for publishing inflation rates that do…

Ideas, not money, will make Central America safer

Boz has a great point about the fresh funding headed to Central America: I think a lesson is that there is no amount of money that the US…

Cristina Will Run (and Probably Win)

A little less than three years ago, LatAmThought wrote a commentary questioning the viability of the at that time new Kirchner administration. CFK was less than one year…

Reclaiming Brand Mexico

Roberto Newell Garcia of the Woodrow Wilson Center has published a great report titled “Restoring Mexico’s Reputation.” The basic premise of Newell’s argument is that Mexico is facing…